May 17, 2019 / 12:20 PM / 2 months ago

Golf-Lee slips early in bid to catch leader Koepka at PGA Championship

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., May 17 (Reuters) - New Zealand’s Danny Lee made a rough start in his bid to close the one-shot gap on overnight leader Brooks Koepka as second round action at the PGA Championship got under way on Friday.

Lee, fresh from an opening-round six-under-par 64 at Bethpage Black, went out with the first threesome at the par-four 10th on Friday and after starting with a par made two straight bogeys to sit two-over par on the day after three holes.

Defending champion Koepka will begin his round at 1:49 p.m. ET (1749 GMT) when he heads out in the fourth-to-last grouping off the par-four first hole in the company of Masters champion Tiger Woods and British Open champion Francesco Molinari.

The American Koepka enjoyed a bogey-free trip around Bethpage Black in the opening round when he carded a brilliant seven-under-par 63 that tied the Bethpage Black course record and equalled the second-lowest round in any men’s major championship.

Woods, competing this week for the first time since his emotional Masters triumph, will be looking to make a charge after his short game failed him during an opening round where he finished nine shots back of Koepka. (Reporting by Andrew Both Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto Editing by Keith Weir)

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